DISCLAIMER: Let me begin this post by saying that I was christened, I’m not an enemy of Christians, I support Christians, and my number one enemy is the left.
Now, the hard questions.
- Is it important to keep reminding, and arguing with people, that America was founded by Christians? Isn’t it enough to remind people that they were not secularist, not anti-God and built this nation upon universal moral principles that are practiced by all God-fearing faiths?
- Is the republican party a Christian party from the top down, or is it a political party that happens to attract Christians?
- Should any political argument that has moral elements be answered in this way – “Because that’s what the Bible says”? Can, and should, moral/political arguments be made in a much more inclusive and universal way? For instance, by finding supporting arguments in the writings of all faiths.
I ask these questions because there are arguments being made that the Christian coalition, by the numbers, is not strong enough to carry a party to political victory, and its prominent position in the political tent is hurting rather than helping.
Shouldn’t the priority be to win elections in order to stamp out the political power of the left? The left would be defeated and the assault on Christianity would cease. Why does the right have to identify itself politically as the Christian party, much to its own demise?
Here is a passage from writer Shikha Dalmia-
Hence, when the Republican Party loudly touts its allegiance to “Christian values” and insists that Christianity is inextricably interwoven into the DNA of this country, it doesn’t anger Indians, it nonplusses them. It effectively signals to them that they don’t fully belong in America or their party. And the sight of Haley and Jindal on the Republican convention stage, both of whom rejected their faith and embraced Christianity, doesn’t reassure Indians — it creeps them out!
Dalmia goes on to make the same point about every other non-Christian religion. Isn’t it time for the right to simply be the pro-God party, and not the Christian party? It’s a non-winner politically. It could ultimately result in not only the death of the Christian political party, but the dismantling of institutionalized Christianity in America altogether.